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The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA {Travel}

For this weeks “Travel Tuesday”, I want to share with you a fantastic location in Carlsbad, CA called The Flower Fields. This location was suggested to me years ago and in March of 2007 I had the chance to go down and let my macro and landscape photography run wild.

Here’s a little more information about them:

The Flower Fields season begins March 1st.

For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields® at Carlsbad Ranch, in Carlsbad, California, are in a full bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, is also one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.

Season: Spring (March 1st through May 9th, 2010)

Hours: Open to the public seven days a week
from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Prices: $10.00 for Adults, $9.00 for Seniors 60+, $5.00 for Children 3 – 10,
Children 2 and under are Free

Season Passes: $20.00 for Adults, $18.00 Seniors 60+, $10.00 for Children 3 – 10

Wagon Rides: $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Children 3 – 10

I hope you enjoyed my photographs from The Flower Fields. I would suggest everyone should take their family at least once and soak up the beauty that the Flower Fields has to offer.

Anthony Lujan Photography
Serving Inland Empire, Orange and Los Angeles Counties
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Seattle, Washington {Travel}

Today’s “Travel Tuesday” is about my trip to Seattle, Washington. I went to Seattle on business in 2007. It was suppose to only be a day trip but I extended it a couple more days as I really wanted to see the city.

The month was January almost three years to the date. It was cold, damp and overcast.  I figured since my trip was going to be extremely quick I wanted to book a tour so I could capture all the main highlights. Well if you have ever tried to book a tour during this time, you’ll quickly see they don’t have any! Well, not 100% correct! I found one and the only one!

The tour guide took us to the Fremont Troll, passed by the Space Needle, took photographs at Kerry Park and we were set free at Pike Place Market.

I knew Seattle was known for having American Bald Eagles. I had always dreamed about photographing them. So I asked the tour guide if I could hire him for a few hours so he could drive me around to find some. She said sure he had nothing else to do that evening. Evening is the key word. The guide took me to Schmitz Park. The only two photographs I was able to capture of the Bald Eagle was right when the sun was setting. Not the best photographs I’ve ever taken but still had them photographed! Now the guide and I decided to walk the park. We saw a huge tree that had fallen down and all the roots were exposed. I photographed the guide who is 6’1 in front of the fallen tree. You’ll see the roots were huge!

On my last full day I heard that Seattle has an amazing zoo called the Woodland Park Zoo. I also heard that the Pacific Science Center had a butterfly exhibit. So I rushed down to the Pacific Science Center to photograph the butterflies then rushed to the zoo. The zoo photographs I’ll add in a future blog.

But now enjoy the butterflies and the rest of the photographs from my trip to Seattle, Washington!

Anthony Lujan Photography
Serving Inland Empire, Orange and Los Angeles Counties
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Aquarium of the Pacific {Travel}

For today’s “Travel Tuesday” I want to share that in 2007 I became a member of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to more than 12,500 ocean animals, representing nearly 500 species, the Aquarium celebrates the planet’s largest and most diverse body of water: the Pacific Ocean. Featuring 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a world-class aquarium, exploring the waters of Southern California and Baja, the Northern Pacific, and the Tropical Pacific.

The sea jellies are an awesome exhibit to see.

Now transport yourself to the coastal lowlands of Australia when you enter Lorikeet Forest, a 3,200 sq. ft. outdoor aviary. More than 100 enthusiastic lorikeets fill the trees. Purchase a small cup of nectar, the lorikeets’ favorite food, to feed the birds as you walk through the exhibit. You will find them sitting on your hand, arm, shoulder or even your head to get a sip of sweet nectar!

Measuring approximately 10 inches in length, lorikeets exhibit a dazzling color combination, ranging from brilliant blues and greens to exquisite reds, yellows, and deep purples. When seen in full sunlight, these beautifully colored birds almost radiate an iridescent glow—a bright contrast to the thick, dark trees of their natural habitat.

The Aquarium’s Lorikeet Forest features five sub-species of Rainbow Lorikeets. Lorikeet Forest also features two close relatives of Rainbow Lorikeets and the Violet-necked Lory. Unlike lorikeets that have long tapered tails, lories have short blunt tails.

Now get going and show me your photographs from your excursion to the Aquarium of the Pacific!

Anthony Lujan Photography
Serving Inland Empire, Orange and Los Angeles Counties
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Southern California Beaches {Travel}

Have I ever told you I really enjoy the beach? Well I do! I’ve been far North to the shores of Victoria, British Canada and as far South as Lima, Peru. But it still amazes me how beautiful our Southern California beaches are.

With this in mind here are a few photographs I’ve taken that I want to share with you for my “Travel Tuesday”.

Balboa Pier

Laguna Beach

Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove

Balboa Pier

Huntington Beach

Crystal Cove

Huntington Beach

Balboa Pier

Balboa Pier

Now get out and find a beach to enjoy!!

Anthony Lujan Photography
Serving Inland Empire, Orange and Los Angeles Counties
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New Years in Long Beach, CA {Travel}

As New Years comes quick, I thought I would share with you my travels to Long Beach, CA for one of my New Years fireworks celebration.

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Next Destination {Travel}

As I plan my travels to Croatia, my mind wonders of distant lands. The doors are open and my mind soars. I wonder what could be planned or explored. What is reasonable and what is not. I wish I could pack it up.

As I think forward it reminds where I have been. I think a few “Travel Tuesday” are in need.

Photograph taken in Cusco, Peru 2008

Here are a few quotes and poems I found on Travel. Please stay tuned as I draft my next “Travel Tuesday”.

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. View full post »

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday!

You might of remembered me talking about my day trip to The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens. It was a beautiful day outside that weekend I just had to escape out of the house and be one with nature again.


RSABG is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants.


Founded in 1927, the Garden is nestled into 86 acres in the city of Claremont, near the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. View full post »

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta {Travel}

For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park. Whimsical special shapes and Balloon Glows create a magical landscape for spectators to wander. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more.

In October 2007 I had the awesome experience to attend the balloon festival. It was something I only heard about. I had the satisfaction of attending and photographing the event. Once again, it was anther trip that I took by myself as I traveled through a couple states and drove 12 hours straight to Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Today, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is known worldwide as an event that emphasizes fun flying and camaraderie over serious competition. It’s ironic that the Fiesta got its start, in large measure, as an arena for that most serious of competitions, the World Championships.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages.


For more than three decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. View full post »

Peruvian Adventure Series 9 of 9 – Day Ten 5/20/2008 leaving Puerto Maldonado {Travel}

Welcome to Travel Tuesday! Today I’m going to walk you through Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima them Lima to Lax. This is the last nine part series of my excursion to Peru. If you haven’t read the Travel Tuesday entries please take the time to check it out. It’s been an exciting experience so don’t miss reading all about it.

Just a quick recap:

Sunday, May 11, 2008 Day 1 – Flying from LAX to Lima, Peru

Monday, May 12 2008 Day 2 – Sightseeing in Lima

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Day 3 – Flying from Lima to Cusco

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Day 4 – Traveling by train to Machu Picchu

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Day 5 – Tour Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo

Friday, May 16, 2008 Day 6 – Tour City & Ruins Tour

Saturday, May 17, 2008 Day 7 – Flying to Puerto Maldonado, boat ride to Posada Amazonas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Day 8 – Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake

Monday, May 19, 2008 Day 9 – Walking tour to the Clay Lick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Day 10 – Airfare One Way Puerto Maldonado to Lima then Lima to LAX

Let’s begin:

This is a very sad day indeed. It was the end of my excursion to Peru. In a few short hours I will be walking the final walk out of the Amazon Jungle, board the boat taking my last trip down the Infierno River. Then I’m going to board the plane in Puerto Maldonado where I’ll fly to Lima. From Lima I’m going to sleep a couple of hours at Carmel Hotel before I board my plane which is going to take me home to LAX.

I’ve met some great people in Peru. First of all I met Keith and Sharon. Husband and wife for many years. They were very kind to me. We had many laughs along the way.


I could never forget the English sisters. Every night as I try to tuck myself into bed so the bugs or bats don’t eat me alive, I used to say, “good night sisters.” Then each morning I would say, “good morning sisters.”


Our rusty trusty tour guide Lewis. He was awesome and sometimes funny. I remember the most how he told us, “The Amazon could be very unpredictable.” Lewis, you kept me safe and sound during the day, Thank you!!


Here we are on a boat riding down the river the very last time.


Here’s a video of our last boat ride.

We our boat docked we noticed our buses were parked and ready for us. I loved capturing the dirt kicking up from under the bus as we drove to the airport.


As I look back on the experience, I’m so glad I hadn’t waited for anther time to have gone. I’m glad I had the courage and strength to travel alone. I find that if we allow others or things to get in our way we end up really missing out on once in a life opportunities.

Anthony Lujan Photography
Serving Inland Empire, Orange and Los Angeles Counties
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